Happy Birthday Fannie!

“I certainly feel that the time is not far distant when a knowledge of the principles of diet will be an essential part of ones education. Then mankind will eat to live, be able to do better mental and physical work and disease will be less frequent.”

Fannie Merritt Farmer (23 March 1857 – 15 January 1915) was an American culinary expert whose Boston Cooking-School Cook Book became a widely used culinary text.

Fannie Farmer was born in Boston, to Mary Watson Merritt and John Franklin Farmer, an editor and printer. Although she was the oldest of four daughters, born in a family that highly valued education and that expected young Fannie to go to college, she suffered a paralytic stroke at the age of 16 while attending Medford High School. Fannie could not continue her formal academic education; for several years, she was unable to walk and remained in her parents’ care at home. During this time, Farmer took up cooking, eventually turning her mother’s home into a boarding house that developed a reputation for the quality of the meals it served.

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For many children living in poverty their birthdays are just another day. You can change that! Every child deserves a memorable birthday and you can help to make it happen. Be the change that you want to see in the world! Details and “how to” here

GiftsToGive Happy Birthday Program

GiftsToGive Happy Birthday Program

With over 40,000 South Coast children living in poverty, the need is truly overwhelming. Over 4,000 local children are homeless!

Make a difference in a child’s life! Join us in celebrating your birthday or the birthday of a child you love; by giving birthday presents to local children in-need. One celebration can help dozens of children.

Be bold – host a huge birthday celebration party – ask your guests to bring gifts for a GiftsToGive child. Organize a celebration for your child or grandchild, niece or nephew. Through this process help the “Birthday Child” understand that their birthday can make a real difference and then arrange a visit to the factory to drop off their gifts, and for you to “show this special child” in the most tangible of ways, the power of giving!

The real gift for this child that you love? – learning the power of giving, to help others. The gift for you? – well actually it is priceless!

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